Neil McGeachy probably isn't a name that rings out for most college basketball fans. He coached Duke for one season and led the Devils to a 10-16 (2-10) record during the '73-74 campaign. He was replaced by Bill Foster, who despite going a paltry 31-43 in ACC play during his 6 seasons as head coach, had a taste of NCAA success, losing to Kentucky in the 1978 National Title game and reaching the Elite 8 in 1980.
After the 1980 season, Bill promptly pulled a Roy Danforth, and left for the greener, or in his case redder pastures of South Carolina. Duke turned to a young mercenary head coach willing to leave his school for an extra buck named Mike Krzyzewski. He's had a pretty good run, only having two or three losing seasons (Boeheim has never had a losing season despite being at SU longer than Coach K has been at Duke), depending on how you count this "WTF" bit of record keeping pulled from wiki:
via pic20.picturetrail.com (back pain or something, I forget how Jerry Stackhouse described it exactly)
Boeheim vs. Duke: 1-1 (not much to work with)
Dec. 6 1989 "neutral" court game: #1 Syracuse 78, #6 Duke 76 (boxscore)
1998 NCAA Regional Semi (Sweet 16): #3 Duke 80, #21 Syracuse 67 (boxscore)
Big East School Duke reminds me of: Connecticut Duke despite all it's success still plays in the shadow of North Carolina. Connecticut, despite 3 National Titles in the last 20 years, still carried with it the relatively fresh memories of being the Big East door mat at the conference's inception. Both found coaches who brought them banners, and both earned reputations has being easy to despise.
Player I think of when I think of Duke: Christian Laettner
Is there really another option? I no longer have any where near the dislike I used to for Leattner. And that has nothing to do with Christian. Even the name still annoys me. At the end of the day, Christian went to four Final Fours, played in 3 title games, and won 2 National Championships (they count the first one even though UNLV was clearly shaving points in the semi-final upset). He earned the right to be a prick. But by comparision, he can't stack up to the magnitude of tool that came after him. I'd rather not do these miscreants the service of typing their names, but I'm sure we can all rattle off a few in our heads without much trouble.
Hopefully SU fans will take the high road and not resort to this sort of distasteful, ignorant and intolerant behavior when Duke takes the Carrier Dome floor Saturday: